Stories from “Gulistan” by Sa’di (1210-1291)
Chapter III- On The Virtues of Contentment
Music: Hossein Hadisi

گلستان سعدی – باب سوم – درفضیلت قناعت
موسیقی: حسین حدیثی

University of Southampton Persian Society Presents a Southampton Arts Academy concert; World premiere of The Rose Garden.

101 Contemporary Persian Songs Composed by Hossein Hadisi

Hossein Hadisi – voice, piano
Kinga Kowalczyk – violin
Miku Yasukawa – voice
Marco William Duranti – guitars
Máté Szigeti – keyboards

Audio Mix: J. Curry
Videography: Sahab Jamshidi, John Hopkins

خواهنده‌ای می‌گفت: ای خداوندان نعمت، اگر شما را انصاف بودی و ما را قناعت، رسم سؤال از جهان برخاستی.

ای قناعت! توانگرم گردان
که ورای تو هیچ نعمت نیست

کنج صبر اختیار لقمان است
هر که را صبر نیست حکمت نیست

Two sons of amirs were in Egypt, the one acquiring science, the other accumulating wealth, till the former became the ullemma of the period and the other the prince of Egypt; whereon the rich man looked with contempt upon the faqih and said: ‘I have reached the sultanate whilst thou hast remained in poverty as before.’ He replied: ‘O brother, I am bound to be grateful to the most high Creator for having obtained the inheritance of prophets whilst thou hast attained the inheritance of Pharaoh and of Haman, namely the kingdom of Egypt.’

I am that ant which is trodden under foot
Not that wasp, the pain of whose sting causes lament.
How shall I give due thanks for the blessing
That I do not possess the strength of injuring mankind?